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The Big HOO-HAA!

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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
Teacher educator and author of many teacher reference books. Amused by random ideas and loves random acts of kindness. Enjoys writing humour...seriously!Please see my Instagram: wilsonjeni
Published July 2nd 2016
Melbourne's longest running improvised comedy show
I have a great admiration for improvisers and this troupe came with a big reputation and great promises. The Big Hoo-Haas are Melbourne's most beloved, longest running improv night entertainers. The Big Hoo-Haa ensemble has been making audiences laugh every Friday night since 2010. I've never see such a large bunch on stage.



The audience participation was high from the beginning with loud cheering and even bird whistles. The Big Hoo-Haa group obviously have a big following and mixed audience. Most of them knew the mantras and joined in the chanting without any prompting. It was our first night with the Big Hoo-Haas but judging from the racket we may have been the only newcomers in the audience.

This all-in, power-packed birthday show extravaganza features the best players, the funniest games and more twists and turns than a bush track.

The night kicked off with a game requiring the players to sing to the tune of Do run, run. The challenge was to rhyme to a name suggested by the audience. There was lots of people laughing and cheering out loud and one of them was me.



Another game required the players to guess random (audience suggested) adjectives. The frustration of the players was matched by the excitement of the audience willing them to make a correct guess.

I caught myself smiling involuntarily many times during the show between games because the rest of the time I was totally enthralled by the entertainment. There was so much energy on stage, if we had the technology, you could power the whole of Melbourne with it. I wonder if they were born with such bubbly, spontaneous personalities? I want some of what they have!

My favorite game was the 3-way sync. I'm not going to describe this… you'll just have to go and find out about it for yourself.



Get set for THE BIG SURVIVE-HAA – a Survivor themed night of improv comedy. The actors are clever, cunning and comedic in their venture to be the last comedian team standing.

The cliffhanger game was the epic conclusion. I didn't think anything would top the roller coaster ride of the one liner game where metaphors are required. One example was … sex with me is like…. The audience members then offers suggestions. One was … four wheel driving…. Think about it. Of course every night is different with different players, and importantly audience suggestions. This is the live show version of the very popular Choose your own adventure books.



Apparently last year was standing room only – book tickets now so you don't miss out. This show runs for two hours which went very fast. When we emerged we both said simultaneously 'That was so much fun!' In retrospect half of the fun was watching the actors getting so much enjoyment from it. Their passion and creativity was certainly engaging. I am in awe of them for their special skills. They make the impossible look easy.

If you are not sure what all the Hoo Haa is about you must go to see them. They are at the Butterfly Club on Friday nights for only $25 per ticket, $22 if you book on-line and $18 for concession. This is a great night out for a pittance.
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Why? The best ever impro comedy
When: Every Friday night
Where: The Butterfly Club
Cost: $25 per ticket, $22 book on-line $20 concession
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